Outdoor briefs: CPW compiling meetings feedback
CPW is compiling meetings feedback
In July and August, Colorado Parks and Wildlife held 18 meetings throughout the state that were attended by more than 250 people. More than 2,300 public comments on funding the future of wildlife management and conservation in Colorado have been received.
CPW will compile feedback from the meetings and the online survey and share that information with the Parks and Wildlife Commission, and with sportsmen and legislators in the near future.
CPW has a video concerning its funding challenges on its website at cpw.state.co.us.
In recent years, CPW has faced substantial budget shortfalls which resulted in the elimination of over 50 positions and $40 million from wildlife budgets. By 2023, the shortfall could exceed 20 percent annually.
Without increasing revenues, CPW will have to cut staff and core services, which could include reductions to wildlife and property management, biological research, access for hunting and fishing, as well as the closure of some reservoirs and fish hatcheries.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife also has details about how its funding works.
Poaching case nets
A prominent poaching case solved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2013 led to a $10,000 donation to the Meeker Sportsman’s Club. The club will use the funds to augment current programs to promote shooting sports and the purchase of associated equipment.
District Wildlife Manager Jon Wangnild of Meeker, who died in a horseback riding accident in 2013, worked diligently to bring Anthony Bauer, 37, of Palm Desert, California, and his co-conspirators to justice.
After a three-year investigation beginning in 2011, the poacher pleaded guilty to willful destruction of big game wildlife, four counts of hunting without a proper and valid deer license and illegal take of a mule deer. He paid $5,754 in fines and ordered to donate $10,000 to the Meeker Sportsman’s Club.
Strategic plan for
trails is approved
As part of the “Colorado the Beautiful” initiative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s State Trails Program prepared a Statewide Trails Strategic Plan, using some valuable public input during this process. The final plan was recently approved.
The Trails program awards more than $8 million annually for trail grants that benefit motorized and non-motorized recreation around the state.
The Glade protects
key wildlife habitat
A long-term effort in southwestern Colorado has led to the protection of large swaths of prime wildlife habitat in what is known locally as the Glade. The area is located in central Dolores County, north and east of the town of Dolores.
Over the past 10 years, about 17,000 acres have been protected through conservation easements that private landowners have placed on their properties. The latest addition is a 960-acre easement that was completed in May. The conservation easement effort has been led by the Montezuma Land Conservancy with assistance from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
These easements are especially beneficial to wildlife because they adjoin major tracts of public land and help preserve a major deer and elk migration corridor.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife worked with the Montezuma Land Conservancy to negotiate the latest easement and contributed $146,000. Also contributing were Great Outdoors Colorado, $200,000, and the Gates Foundation, $100,000.
The 960-acre tract adjoins the 5,000-acre Lone Cone State Wildlife Area, two other ranches under easement, and U.S. Forest Service property.